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Piraeus

Sammy Beedan

I have just completed my third seat in the Piraeus office. My work has mainly focused on contentious shipping matters but I have also assisted the ship finance team, as and when required. The office overlooks the port of Piraeus – you can see the cruise ships and passenger ferries sail in and out – and is only three minutes walk from the Trainee flat.

Trainees in overseas offices generally have more responsibility and involvement in firm marketing, and Piraeus is no exception. Due to the small size of the team (around 15 lawyers), I have undertaken assignments which have really pushed me professionally – but at the same time there has always been someone on hand to help. A large number of clients are neighbours and the shipping community is tight-knit, so you quickly become immersed in the environment. The office is welcoming, sociable and staff often meet up for lunch and drinks events. I was fortunate that my seat overlapped with Posidonia, a biennial week-long industry event where the shipping world descends on Athens and there was a seemingly endless number of receptions and parties to attend.

In terms of lifestyle, the food, weather and local holiday opportunities have been predictably outstanding. Piraeus is a short metro ride from central Athens, a cosmopolitan city with a huge selection of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, and cultural and sporting events to choose from. Best of all, being so close to the port, you have almost all the Greek islands on your doorstep. I also took the opportunity to visit Meteora, Thessaloniki and the Balkans during long weekends... my only regret is there was not enough time to explore even more!